Easily access to Great walking country plus wildlife watching of Hen Harriers by CCTV.
Located in the Renfrewshire hills in the centre of the Regional Park. The wonderful scenery includes the heather hills of Misty Law and Hill of Stake (522m) or moorland views and walks to the now disused Barytes mine.
The child friendly walk to the volcanic plug of Windy Hill (316m) has great views over the Clyde and towards Glasgow. Or stay in the forest and woodlands on the sign posted 2km (1 hour) country, 1km (20 min) habitat or 500m (20 min) waterfall nature trail.
The heather moors are home to one of Britains rarest Birds of Prey the Hen Harrier. These wild birds can be seen live on CCTV in the centre throughout the breeding season (May Aug approx.) if there is a technically suitable nest site. An informative display with childrens activities and TV highlights, can be seen throughout the year.
All Visitor Centres in the Regional Park have FREE parking and entry, sign posted woodland walks and nature trails. Easy wildlife watching, indoor and outdoor attractions, cafe, gift shop and a Ranger Service. Other sites with Visitor Centres are:
Castle Semple Visitor Centre and Country Park, Lochwinnoch runs outdoor activity courses such as sailing and paddle sports, it is on sustrans cycle route 7 from Paisley/Glasgow to/from Irvine and only 1 mile form Lochwinnoch Railway Station. There is seasonal row boat and bike hire as well as walks in Parkhill Wood, the designed landscape woodlands of the Semple Clan. Ask the Castle Semple Rangers about the Parkhill Challenge a treasure-hunt style activity suitable for all the family.
Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, at Loch Thom provides wonderful walks, scenic views and picnic sites. It the perfect place to access the Greenock Cut (5.5 mile aqueduct, and designated ancient monument) for a great reasonably level circular-walking route with panoramic views of the Clyde and islands.
Shorter walks include the 2.5 km (1 hour) nature trail in Shielhill Glen or Dunrod Hill